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HONOLULU (CBSMiami) – People on Hawaii’s big island are bracing for another eruption from the summit of the Kilauea volcano.

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An eruption Thursday sent a gigantic ash plume 30-thousand feet into the air. Scientists said it was short lived and didn’t have much of a hazardous effect, but the next one could. The fear is sulfur dioxide in the air which can cause breathing problems.

“We can’t force them – we can’t force anybody – but we are highly recommending to please evacuate,” said Hawaii National Guard Major Jeff Hickman.

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For those who insisted on staying, masks were handed out that offer 8 hours of protection.

Hawaii’s Governor David Ige is instructing people to keep a close eye on cell phone alerts.

“Listen to Civil Defense. They are broadcasting what should be done in this kind of ash driven event,” he said.

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The governor also stressed that while visitors and residents should clear the area close to the volcano, the rest of the island is open for business.